Parma, 16th August 2018 – Taking on Parma in what will be their opening Serie A TIM fixture this Sunday is Udinese. Ahead of the match on 19 August 2018 at 20:30 CEST at the Tardini, here’s some info that’ll help you get to know the side from Friuli a little better.
FROM GYMNASTICS TO EUROPE
First founded as the Udinese Society of Gymnastics and Fencing in 1896, they enjoyed their first club footballing success by the winning the Italian league that same year. However, it was not then recognised as official by the FIGC, who only introduced the Scudetto the following year.
Associazione Calcio Udinese eventually joined the footballing association in 1911. During the 20s, the club, led by record-breaker Gino Bellotto (who spent 17 seasons with Udinese), finished as runner-up in the 1922 Coppa Italia before then getting promoted to the First Division in 1924-25 alongside Parma.
Following various ups and downs, the club got themselves back to Serie A after the Second World War, finishing second behind Milan during the 1954-55 campaign. Moving ahead to 1978, Udinese triumphed in the Anglo-Italian Cup after beating Bath 5-0 thanks to goals from Marino Palese, Nerio Ulivieri and Claudio Pellegrini. Meanwhile, the following year they achieved promotion to Serie A and then won the Mitropa Cup in 1980.
Their last promotion came in 1994-95, with Udinese not being relegated since. They have since featured on the European stage, first taking part in the 1997-98 UEFA Cup (the year when the team finished third in the league), then followed by a fifth-place Serie A finish the following season. Udinese won the Intertoto Cup in 2000, while they then also took part in the 2005-06 Champions League group stage.
The Bianconeri successfully avoided relegation last season, finishing 14th in the Serie A league standings. This season’s Coach will be Julio Velazquez – a Spanish tactician born in 1981, previously making his coaching debut with Spanish third division side Polideportivo Ejido at the age of 29. He then moved onto Villarreal, guiding the third and then the first team. He also took charge of Real Murcia, Real Betis and Alcorcon, guiding the latter to the Copa del Rey quarter-finals.